Beirut-RHIA (BEY) Airport
Beirut-RHIA BEY Airport Overview
BEY Airport is located in the southern suburbs of Beirut and 9 km from Beirut's city center, in Lebanon, Middle East. Beirut RHIA is Lebanon's only operational commercial airport.
With an estimated 6 million passengers a year and three very long runways, Beirut-RHIA is hub to MEA (Middle East Airlines) and charters MedAirways & Wings of Lebanon, and it is served by a host of international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
NOTE: The Airport requests that passenger arrive at the Airport three hours prior to scheduled departure.
The present passenger terminal at Beirut-RHIA has four levels and two one-level wings (East & West wings), accessible from the Main Terminal's second level on opposite sides after passing through security checks. (Note that a new terminal is under construction.) Free WiFi access is available for the first 30 minutes.
The Ground Level of the Main Terminal houses the Arrivals area, a duty-fee section, passport control, 8 rental car counters, and a few cafes in the pre-security area.
Level 2 houses the Departure area, with ticketing counters, gate areas and a primary duty-free area, along with other shops. Some cafes are in the pre-security area. Security entrances are on opposite sides of the foyer leading to the ticketing area.
The East Wing with gates 1-12 (gates 2 & 3 are dual jetway gates for large aircraft; gate 4 is a bus boarding gate) and
the West Wing with gates 13-23 (gate 22 is a bus boarding gate) - East & West Wings are connected to the 4-level Main Terminal. Each Wing has 2 cafes, a small duty-free shop, newsstand, souvenir shops, computer kiosks (cash or credit) & pay phones.
Level 3 houses all airline lounges and a Japanese restaurant.
(Level 4 closed to the public, houses administrative offices.)
Other services and amenities inside the passenger terminal, aside from food & drink and retail concessions - including duty-free shops, include free WiFi access (first 30 mins), a bank branch of BankMed, ATM machines, post office, 15 internet kiosks and internet hot spots covering departure & arrival halls, tourist information center, prayer rooms, medical station, rental car counters, baggage wrapping, lost baggage, and two lounges:
Airline Lounges at RHIA :
(a) MEA's large Cedar Lounge (open to all passengers) is designated by most airlines for use of their premium passengers;
(b) The Golden Lounge is exclusively for Saudi premium passengers; and
(c) the LAT Lounge is open to all other airline premium passengers;
Parking options at Beirut-RHIA: An underground tunnel connects the passenger terminal to the open-air carpark Valet parking is available. With a prepaid parking ticket you can set your own limit as to the parking fee.